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Senior center posts September schedule of events

Erwin Record Photo by Ty Butler • The center held a successful Bluegrass Jam last month. In October, the center will add weekly music jams to its schedule.

By Tracy Bailey

The Clinchfield Senior Adult Center has lots of fun activities planned for September and the center would love for more people to be a part of them. Yearly membership at the center is only $25 a year. Individuals must be 50 years old to join. The center’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The center has a wonderful art room with all the materials aspiring artists need to create a masterpiece. Every Monday this month from 1 to 3 p.m. visitors can join the center’s art group with instructor Mary K. Brown at no additional cost. 

Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. the center will be picking back up with its monthly devotions and sing-alongs! Devotions will be provided by the staff at Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church. 

There are three dates scheduled for Bingo this month. The games will be led by a representative from Christian Care Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7; at 10 a.m. with Caris Healthcare on Tuesday, Sept. 13; and at 10 a.m. on Monday Sept. 26, with United Healthcare. Join the fun on any or all of these dates for a friendly competition. Prizes will be provided.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the center will host the Veterans Food Truck from Second Harvest Food Bank. Recipients do not have to be a member of the senior center to take advantage of this amazing program. Second Harvest will require all veterans and active military to bring a military/veteran identification card in order to receive food that day. The box will include staple foods and additional fresh produce, dairy and lean proteins. 

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, a special guest will provide skincare facials and color consultations using some great well-known products. This will be a free service provided for members on that day.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the center will be host a representative from UT Extension present information on the Second Act program. This program engages older Tennesseans in improving their quality of life, to encourage a positive outlook on the aging process, increase well-being and promote purposeful aging through strategies to promote physical, mental and financial wellness.

Later that afternoon at 1 the center will stages its second Bluegrass Jam. This was a huge hit last month for the center and the public is welcome. Beginning in October the center will be having a weekly jam session that musics fans won’t want to miss.

Tai-Chi, sometimes called shadow boxing, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defense training, health benefits, and meditation. It’s a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle, physical exercise and stretching. Every Friday in September the center will offer this class to all members for an additional $5 fee with instructor Bob Hechemovich.

For the month of October, the center will be starting absolute beginners line dancing classes. A sign-up sheet will be available for anyone who would like to participate in the class. For the month of October and the first two classes in November these classes will be completely free for any members.

Congregate meals are now back and served in the center’s dining room every day at 11 a.m. The menu for the rest of September follows: Sept. 8, chicken pot pie; Sept. 9, taco casserole, Sept. 12, Salisbury steak with gravy;  Sept. 13, egg patty, grits and sausage; Sept. 14, chicken spaghetti; Sept. 15, sliced ham, lettuce and tomato; Sept. 16, meatballs with mozzarella; Sept. 19, chicken tenders; Sept. 20, chili dog and potato wedges; Sept. 21, pizza casserole; Sept. 22, tuna Salad, lettuce and tomato; Sept. 23, chicken Philly with potato wedges; Sept. 26, chopped steak with gravy; Sept. 27, spaghetti and meat sauce; Sept. 28, barbecue pork riblet, Sept. 29, chicken salad and Sept. 30, chili mac casserole.

Lastly, the center’s currently looking for volunteers to help the center with this year’s Apple Festival. Volunteers are needed to help with parking at the center as well as working the center’s booth sales on Main Street. Volunteers do not have to be a member of the center to assist. Please stop by the center to sign up to help with this fundraising event. 

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Tracy Bailey is the activities director for the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center.